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Florida State recruit Brian Bell of Lowndes (Ga.) at center of $100 million law suit

http://usatodayhss.com/2015/florida-state-recruit-brian-bell-of-lowndes-ga-at-center-of-100-million-law-suit

January 23, 2015

Bell is currently a senior at Lowndes High School in Valdosta. He has not been charged with a crime and was never listed as a suspect by the local authorities.

The Johnson death was a story that made national news two years ago when the Lowndes County Sherriff’s Department ruled it an accident, saying the teenager died of positional asphyxia after he got stuck trying to retrieve sneakers he had stored inside the mat.

The Johnson family however has long believed it was a homicide and that Brian Bell and his brother, Brandon, were involved. Bell’s father, Rick, an FBI agent, has also been named in the suit.

The Bell family’s attorney, Brice Ladson, also told CNN that all three are targets of an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice into Johnson’s death.

The online hackers group “Anonymous” posted a nine-minute video in late December about the controversial details surrounding the case.
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two stories

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http://keysnews.com/node/62875


January 30, 2015



CRB recommends FBI investigate Eimers death

The FBI needs to investigate whether Key West police violated Charles Eimers' civil rights during the 2013 arrest that preceded his death by six days, according to the Citizen Review Board.
In a letter approved 6-0 by the volunteer, city-appointed panel on Monday, the members question whether the criminal justjust


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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eyes-to-my-soul-tyrone-powers/1112139895?ean=9780912469331



Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent
by Tyrone Powers


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Overview Unjustified FBI harassment of Black mayors Coleman Young (Detroit), Harold Washington (Chicago) and Marion Barry (Washington, DC); white agents urinating on photographs of President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore; a white agents' fundraiser for white policemen accused of murdering a Black Detroit motorist; agents pasting the picture of an ape over the photo of an African American agent's child; sheet-clad classmates pretending to be Ku Klux Klansmen at the FBI Academy; the mysterious explosion of a ... See more details below
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FBI
FBI monitored anti-war website in error for six years, documents show
Monitoring began after antiwar.com editor passed along to the bureau a threat he received against his own website

• FBI monitoring of antiwar.com – read the documents


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/fbi-monitored-anti-war-website-in-error-documents

Wednesday 6 November 2013 13.02 EST



The FBI monitored a prominent anti-war website for years, in part because agents mistakenly believed it had threatened to hack the bureau’s own site.

Internal documents show that the FBI’s monitoring of antiwar.com, a news and commentary website critical of US foreign policy, was sparked in significant measure by a judgment that it had threatened to “hack the FBI website” and involved a formal assessment of the “threat” the site posed to US national security.

But antiwar.com never threatened to hack the FBI website. Heavily redacted FBI documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and shared with the Guardian, show that Eric Garris, the site’s managing editor, passed along to the bureau a threat he received against his own website.

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Months later, the bureau characterized antiwar.com as a potential perpetrator of a cyberattack against the bureau’s website – a rudimentary error that persisted for years in an FBI file on the website. The mistake appears to have been a pillar of the FBI’s reasoning for monitoring a site that is protected by the first amendment’s free-speech guarantees.

“The improper investigation led to Garris and Raimondo being flagged in other documents, and is based on inappropriate targeting and sloppy intelligence work the FBI relied on in its initial memo,” said Julia Mass, an attorney with the
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http://m.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2393571/us-government-tweaks-the-rules-on-surveillance-and-data-collection
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911 operator to teen as dad lay dying: 'Stop whining'



Updated 11:32 am, Thursday, February 5, 2015

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http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Md-911-operator-told-teen-to-stop-whining-after-6064217.php




— A 911 dispatcher twice told an emotional 13-year-old girl to "stop whining" as her father lay dying after a hit-and-run on a Maryland highway, according to a recording of the call obtained Thursday.
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http://www.infowars.com/school-principal-calls-fbi-after-8th-grader-throws-made-in-china-flag-out-of-window/

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CALLS FBI AFTER 8TH GRADER THROWS ‘MADE IN CHINA’ FLAG OUT OF WINDOW
Wants federal charges brought against child
| FEBRUARY 11, 2015

A school principal in New Mexico is attempting to contact the government and have federal charges brought against a 14-year-old student who threw a small American flag on a stick out of a window.
Robert Archuleta wants the boy expelled, and presumably arrested, following the incident during which four students were misbehaving, also throwing other items such as workbooks out of the classroom window into snow.
The principal initially called the school police officer with Rio Arriba County, but because he told them he wished to report a federal offense, the cops referred him to the FBI.


“A lot of men have died over [the flag], men and women,” Archuleta told reporters with KRQE. A veteran from a military family, Archuleta added, “We fought to keep our country safe and to keep it free.”
Critics have noted that Archuleta doesn’t seem to understand that he and others actually fought for the right to throw the flag out of a window, not for the flag itself.
Desecration of the flag has not been a punishable offense for close to a half century. Any action taken involving an American flag, no matter whether Archuleta agrees with it or not, is protected under the First Amendment.
Several Supreme Court rulings have reaffirmed that “contempt” of the flag, such as burning it, is a form of free speech, and is thus protected.
However, Archuleta, who clearly wants to make an example out of the student, claims that there is a federal law that somehow trumps the Constitution.
“I want to report it to them because it is a federal law, so it’s in their hands,” Archuleta said, adding “I am a firm believer in citizenship and U.S. history and our history, and these are going to be our future leaders. I want them to understand they have to take responsibility.”
The student has been suspended for ten days, but Archuleta says he will lobby for expulsion at a district hearing.
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Couple of reads


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http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27532995/ruben-rosario-their-goal-is-make-minnesota-youths

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Dan Rather CBS – FBI Involvement in 1993 WTC Bombing : The ...
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Mar 3, 2011 - For the recording of Salem and Anticev, click here: ... 8 Responses to “Dan Rather CBS – FBI Involvement in 1993 WTC Bombing” .... There is always a problem with this because all these cover-up authors and gate-keepers ...
Egyptian President to expose FBI in 1993 WTC bombing?
m911t.blogspot.com/2012/06/egyptian-president-to-expose-fbi-in.html
Jun 30, 2012 - Even the New York Times, which led the cover-up of both World Trade Center bombings, cited tapes proving that FBI informant Emad Salem, ...
Emad Salem tape: FBI agent admits that the 1993 WTC bombing ...
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Emad Salem tape: FBI agent admits that the 1993 WTC bombing could have been prevented. Share Button. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Your email address will ...
FBI terrorists among us: the 1993 WTC Bombing « Jon Rappoport's ...
https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/.../fbi-terrorists-among-us-the-1993-wt...
Jul 29, 2014 - FBI terrorists among us: 1993 WTC Bombing The mind-boggling role of ... As a provocative agent for the FBI, did Salem foment the whole idea of ... Outrageous coverup of 1995 OKC Bombing continuesIn "Government Fraud".
Egyptian President to expose FBI in 1993 WTC bombing? « Aletho ...
https://alethonews.wordpress.com/.../egyptian-president-to-expose-fbi-in-19...
Jun 30, 2012 - Even the New York Times, which led the cover-up of both World Trade Center bombings, cited tapes proving that FBI informant Emad Salem, ...
Evidence FBI Involvement in 1993 World Trade Center Bombing ...
Video for salem fbi 1993 coverup▶ 2:11
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Sep 27, 2008 - Uploaded by Michael Latham
Dan Rather gives evidence that the FBI was involved in the World Trade Center Bombing. ... FBI ...
PROOF FBI SUPERVISED 1993 WORLD TRADE CENTER ...
Video for salem fbi 1993 coverup▶ 14:13
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Aug 23, 2014 - Uploaded by TRUTH TALK NEWS
Proof recorded by FBI informant Emad Salem that the FBI supervised construction of the ...
FBI linked to 1993 WTC and OKC Bombings? - Pilots For 9/11 Truth Forum
pilotsfor911truth.org › Pilots For 9/11 Truth Forum › Study › Research
Jan 21, 2011 - 5 posts - ‎4 authors
Profile: Emad Salem, CooperativeResearch.org * "Tracing terror's .... Attorney DeCamp discusses the FBI role in the coverup of this case and
The FBI Allowed the 1993 WTC Bombing to Happen
whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/wtcbomb.html
The FBI Allowed the 1993 ... Thursday October 28, 1993 Page A1 ... Mr. Salem, a 43-year-old former Egyptian Army officer, was used by the Government [of the ...
How Doj Cover-Up of FBI Murders Enabled 9/11 Attacks
https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0932438814
Rodey Stich - 2012
1993. World. Trade. Center. Bombing. In September 1991, two terrorists, Ramzi ... army officer, Emad Salem, who was hired at her request as an FBI informant.

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Oklahoma City Bombing Cover-Up - American Patriot Friends Network
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/okc_coverup.htm
Company Boy the connection between the FBI, Secret Service, White supremacists and ... Oklahoma City Bombing Witness Linked To CIA, FOIA Suit Filing Says
The Oklahoma City Bombing - What Really Happened
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The Oklahoma City Bombing - Were there additional explosive charges and .... On April 17, 1995 Timothy McVeigh reportedly picked up a 20-foot Ryder ... According to Stephen Jones, who has seen the interview transcripts, it took 44 days for the FBI to convince .... The FAX cover logo from the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
Dead Police Officer And OKC Bombing Coverup - Rense
http://www.rense.com/general10/kc.htm
The Oklahoma City Fire Department got a call from the FBI the weekend before the bombing to tell them to be on readied alert for something that could be taking ...
Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy theories - Wikipedia, the free ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing_conspiracy_theories
1 Oklahoma City Bombing; 2 Additional conspirators; 3 Additional explosives ... In 1997, the FBI arrested Michael Brescia, a member of Aryan Republican Army who ... One theory focuses on a cover-up of the existence of additional explosives ...
Did Eric Holder Cover Up FBI's Role In '95 OKC Bomb Plot ...
americanfreepress.net/?p=2086
Dec 31, 2011 - One of Holder's first jobs was to cover up the FBI's role in the bombing. “I think they put together this harebrained idea . . . to lure in all these ...
Outrageous coverup of 1995 OKC Bombing continues « Jon ...
https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/.../outrageous-coverup-of-1995-okc-b...
Jul 27, 2014 - Outrageous coverup of 1995 OKC bombing continues by Jon Rappoport July 27, 2014 ... The FBI claims Kenneth, with “41 wounds and bruises…
Trial over Oklahoma City bombing evidence wraps up; FBI accused ...
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Jul 31, 2014 - Trial over Oklahoma City bombing evidence wraps up; FBI accused of ... much money to cover up this ugly story,” Jesse Trentadue told KSTU.
Did the FBI Bury Oklahoma City Bombing Evidence? | Mother Jones
http://www.motherjones.com/.../trentadue-fbi-oklahoma-city-bombing-evidence
One lawyer's relentless quest for information reveals fresh hints of a coverup. — By James Ridgeway. | Thu Jul. 21, 2011 5:00 AM EDT ...
Oklahoma City Bombing Federal Surveillance Tapes Coverup ...
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Served in the Office of House Majority Leader, eh?

It just does not get better.


http://www.frostbrowntodd.com/newsroom-press-670.html


Russell Coleman, McConnell Legal Counsel & Former FBI Special Agent, Joins Frost Brown Todd
Coleman to Augment Firm’s Bi-Partisan Government Relations Venture, CivicPoint, and Develop Investigative Due Diligence Practice
February 16, 2015

Russell Coleman, senior advisor and legal counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will join Frost Brown Todd LLC (FBT) and its government relations subsidiary, CivicPoint LLC.

Coleman will hold dual roles as a member of FBT, a six-state, full-service law firm with Kentucky offices in Louisville, Lexington and Florence, and as a Principal in CivicPoint, a government relations consulting firm guiding clients through state and local government affairs matters in mid-America since 2013.

Coleman, a Kentucky native, former Department of Justice staffer and FBI special agent, served the Majority Leader for the past five years in a variety of senior staff roles. FBT Chairman John Crockett says Coleman’s unique combination of government investigations expertise, legal background, political savvy and close relationships with many of Kentucky’s most senior leaders offers significant value to FBT and CivicPoint clients.

“Russell’s remarkable experiences at some of the highest levels of government, and his background at the FBI and Justice Department, will provide our clients with a unique blend of services,” said Crockett. “For decades, FBT has been one of the region’s preeminent law firms, serving clients in litigation, corporate structuring, and regulatory advocacy on a wide variety of issues and matters. Now with Russell and CivicPoint, we add more tools to the kit: lobbying at the state and federal level; political and campaign finance advice; crisis management and communications; community and media relations; internal investigations for due diligence and compliance challenges; and discrete competitive intelligence.”

“I’m excited to work with someone as respected in the law enforcement community and on both sides of the aisle as Russell Coleman,” stated FBT Member and CivicPoint Principal Jonathan Miller, who previously served as Kentucky’s State Treasurer and Chairman of the state Democratic Party. “Frost Brown Todd and CivicPoint are the only firms in Kentucky that offer a truly bi-partisan, integrated approach
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FBI agent shot at Otay Mesa gun range

By Lyndsay Winkley 10:52a.m. Feb 19, 2015, updated 12:49p.m. Feb 19, 2015

OTAY MESA — An FBI agent suffered at least one gunshot wound Thursday morning while training at a firearms training center in Otay Mesa, a federal official said.

The shooting happened at the San Diego Regional Firearms Training Center on Alta Road about 10 a.m., FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said.

"He appears to be the only person involved," Foxworth said of the injured agent. The center is near

http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/19/fbi-agent-shot-training-otay-mesa/
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Arizona FBI bureau to hire more diverse staff


Feb 23 2015


http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/12-news/2015/02/27/12news-fbi-hiring-diversity/24102721/
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Want to see what the media left out of this FBI PR story?


2. Stories



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http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-former-teacher-returns-to-lead-fbis-nyc-office-1425687777


A Former Teacher Returns to Lead FBI’s NYC Office
Diego Rodriguez was teaching Spanish at a middle school in Queens when the bureau recruited him 25 years ago
Diego Rodriguez, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, in his Manhattan office.
March 6, 2015 7:22 p.m. ET


When the Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to recruit Diego Rodriguez 25 years ago, he demurred



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F.B.I. Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic Agents ...
http://www.nytimes.com/.../fbi-is-accused-of-intimidation-by-attorneys-for-hispa...
Aug 27, 1988 - The plaintiffs' attorneys, Hugo Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, said the ... state that the first rule of the F.B.I. is, 'Don't embarrass the bureau.
JUDGE FINDS F.B.I. IS DISCRIMINATORY - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/10/01/us/judge-finds-fbi-is-discriminatory.html
Oct 1, 1988 - The F.B.I. Director, William S. Sessions, said here in a prepared statement .... His lawyers, Antonio V. Silva and Hugo Rodriguez, said the ruling ...
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Two stories



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Community talk with police emphasizes parenting

http://hamptonroads.com/2015/03/community-talk-police-emphasizes-parenting

May 14 2015

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FBI agent charged with beating her father

http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/mar/29/ex-fbi-agent-charged-beating-her-father/?nw

Published: Thu, March 29, 2012 @ 3:11 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A 46-year-old woman, who police listed as a former FBI agent, has been charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting her partially blind father this week.

Police arrested Sheila Lawson on Wednesday on Katherine Street on the city’s East Side. Officers were sent to the home when Lawson’s father called saying his daughter is under stress about getting her job back and had yelled screamed and hit him.

The man told police Lawson hit him in the back of his head and on the shoulder. Lawson told police she did hit her father because he was getting on her nerves.

The father, while police were investigating the matter, told his daughter, “You need help. That’s why they kicked you out of the FBI.”

The statement, reportedly sent Lawson into a frenzy, causing her to curse the man and punch him in the head in front of officers.
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The Last Roundup By Christopher Ketcham
, March 20, 2015


For decades the federal government has been developing a highly classified plan that would override the Constitution in the event of a terrorist attack. Is it also compiling a secret enemies list of citizens who could face detention under martial law?




The Last Roundup

[EA note: This article first appeared in “Radar Magazine” — April 28 2008. I took it from here http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19871.htm on April 05, 2009]

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By Christopher Ketcham



In the spring of 2007, a retired senior official in the U.S. Justice Department sat before Congress and told a story so odd and ominous, it could have sprung from the pages of a pulp political thriller. It was about a principled bureaucrat struggling to protect his country from a highly classified program with sinister implications. Rife with high drama, it included a car chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., and a tense meeting at the White House, where the president’s henchmen made the bureaucrat so nervous that he demanded a neutral witness be present.

The bureaucrat was James Comey, John Ashcroft’s second-in-command at the Department of Justice during Bush’s first term. Comey had been a loyal political foot soldier of the Republican Party for many years. Yet in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he described how he had grown increasingly uneasy reviewing the Bush administration’s various domestic surveillance and spying programs. Much of his testimony centered on an operation so clandestine he wasn’t allowed to name it or even describe what it did. He did say, however, that he and Ashcroft had discussed the program in March 2004, trying to decide whether it was legal under federal statutes. Shortly before the certification deadline, Ashcroft fell ill with pancreatitis, making Comey acting attorney general, and Comey opted not to certify the program. When he communicated his decision to the White House, Bush’s men told him, in so many words, to take his concerns and stuff them in an undisclosed location.

Comey refused to knuckle under, and the dispute came to a head on the cold night of March 10, 2004, hours before the program’s authorization was to expire. At the time, Ashcroft was in intensive care at George Washington Hospital following emergency surgery. Apparently, at the behest of President Bush himself, the White House tried, in Comey’s words, “to take advantage of a very sick man,” sending Chief of Staff Andrew Card and then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales on a mission to Ashcroft’s sickroom to persuade the heavily doped attorney general to override his deputy. Apprised of their mission, Comey, accompanied by a full security detail, jumped in his car, raced through the streets of the capital, lights blazing, and “literally ran” up the hospital stairs to beat them there.

Minutes later, Gonzales and Card arrived with an envelope filled with the requisite forms. Ashcroft, even in his stupor, did not fall for their heavy-handed ploy. “I’m not the attorney general,” Ashcroft told Bush’s men. “There”—he pointed weakly to Comey—”is the attorney general.” Gonzales and Card were furious, departing without even acknowledging Comey’s presence in the room. The following day, the classified domestic spying program that Comey found so disturbing went forward at the demand of the White House—”without a signature from the Department of Justice attesting as to its legality,” he testified.

What was the mysterious program that had so alarmed Comey? Political blogs buzzed for weeks with speculation. Though Comey testified that the program was subsequently readjusted to satisfy his concerns, one can’t help wondering whether the unspecified alteration would satisfy constitutional experts, or even average citizens. Faced with push-back from his bosses at the White House, did he simply relent and accept a token concession? Two months after Comey’s testimony to Congress, the New York Times reported a tantalizing detail: The program that prompted him “to threaten resignation involved computer searches through massive electronic databases.” The larger mystery remained intact, however. “It is not known precisely why searching the databases, or data mining, raised such a furious legal debate,” the article conceded.

Another clue came from a rather unexpected source: President Bush himself. Addressing the nation from the Oval Office in 2005 after the first disclosures of the NSA’s warrantless electronic surveillance became public, Bush insisted that the spying program in question was reviewed “every 45 days” as part of planning to assess threats to “the continuity of our government.”

Few Americans—professional journalists included—know anything about so-called Continuity of Government (COG) programs, so it’s no surprise that the president’s passing reference received almost no attention. COG resides in a nebulous legal realm, encompassing national emergency plans that would trigger the takeover of the country by extra-constitutional forces—and effectively suspend the republic. In short, it’s a road map for martial law.

While Comey, who left the Department of Justice in 2005, has steadfastly refused to comment further on the matter, a number of former government employees and intelligence sources with independent knowledge of domestic surveillance operations claim the program that caused the flap between Comey and the White House was related to a database of Americans who might be considered potential threats in the event of a national emergency. Sources familiar with the program say that the government’s data gathering has been overzealous and probably conducted in violation of federal law and the protection from unreasonable search and seizure guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, “There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.” He and other sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.

Of course, federal law is somewhat vague as to what might constitute a “national emergency.” Executive orders issued over the last three decades define it as a “natural disaster, military attack, [or] technological or other emergency,” while Department of Defense documents include eventualities like “riots, acts of violence, insurrections, unlawful obstructions or assemblages, [and] disorder prejudicial to public law and order.” According to one news report, even “national opposition to U.S. military invasion abroad” could be a trigger.
Illustration courtesy SALON MAGAZINE

Illustration courtesy SALON MAGAZINE

Let’s imagine a harrowing scenario: coordinated bombings in several American cities culminating in a major blast—say, a suitcase nuke—in New York City. Thousands of civilians are dead. Commerce is paralyzed. A state of emergency is declared by the president. Continuity of Governance plans that were developed during the Cold War and have been aggressively revised since 9/11 go into effect. Surviving government officials are shuttled to protected underground complexes carved into the hills of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Power shifts to a “parallel government” that consists of scores of secretly preselected officials. (As far back as the 1980s, Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and Dick Cheney, then a congressman from Wyoming, were slated to step into key positions during a declared emergency.) The executive branch is the sole and absolute seat of authority, with Congress and the judiciary relegated to advisory roles at best. The country becomes, within a matter of hours, a police state.

Interestingly, plans drawn up during the Reagan administration suggest this parallel government would be ruling under authority given by law to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, home of the same hapless bunch that recently proved themselves unable to distribute water to desperate hurricane victims. The agency’s incompetence in tackling natural disasters is less surprising when one considers that, since its inception in the 1970s, much of its focus has been on planning for the survival of the federal government in the wake of a decapitating nuclear strike.

Under law, during a national emergency, FEMA and its parent organization, the Department of Homeland Security, would be empowered to seize private and public property, all forms of transport, and all food supplies. The agency could dispatch military commanders to run state and local governments, and it could order the arrest of citizens without a warrant, holding them without trial for as long as the acting government deems necessary. From the comfortable perspective of peaceful times, such behavior by the government may seem farfetched. But it was not so very long ago that FDR ordered 120,000 Japanese-Americans—everyone from infants to the elderly—be held in detention camps for the duration of World War II. This is widely regarded as a shameful moment in U.S. history, a lesson learned. But a long trail of federal documents indicates that the possibility of large-scale detention has never quite been abandoned by federal authorities. Around the time of the 1968 race riots, for instance, a paper drawn up at the U.S. Army War College detailed plans for rounding up millions of “militants” and “American negroes” who were to be held at “assembly centers or relocation camps.” In the late 1980s, the Austin American-Statesman and other publications reported the existence of 10 detention camp sites on military facilities nationwide, where hundreds of thousands of people could be held in the event of domestic political upheaval. More such facilities were commissioned in 2006, when Kellogg Brown & Root—then a subsidiary of Halliburton—was handed a $385 million contract to establish “temporary detention and processing capabilities” for the Department of Homeland Security. The contract is short on details, stating only that the facilities would be used for “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs.” Just what those “new programs” might be is not specified.

In the days after our hypothetical terror attack, events might play out like this: With the population gripped by fear and anger, authorities undertake unprecedented actions in the name of public safety. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security begin actively scrutinizing people who—for a tremendously broad set of reasons—have been flagged in Main Core as potential domestic threats. Some of these individuals might receive a letter or a phone call, others a request to register with local authorities. Still others might hear a knock on the door and find police or armed soldiers outside. In some instances, the authorities might just ask a few questions. Other suspects might be arrested and escorted to federal holding facilities, where they could be detained without counsel until the state of emergency is no longer in effect.

It is, of course, appropriate for any government to plan for the worst. But when COG plans are shrouded in extreme secrecy, effectively unregulated by Congress or the courts, and married to an overreaching surveillance state—as seems to be the case with Main Core—even sober observers must weigh whether the protections put in place by the federal government are becoming more dangerous to America than any outside threat.

Another well-informed source—a former military operative regularly briefed by members of the intelligence community—says this particular program has roots going back at least to the 1980s and was set up with help from the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has been told that the program utilizes software that makes predictive judgments of targets’ behavior and tracks their circle of associations with “social network analysis” and artificial intelligence modeling tools.

“The more data you have on a particular target, the better [the software] can predict what the target will do, where the target will go, who it will turn to for help,” he says. “Main Core is the table of contents for all the illegal information that the U.S. government has [compiled] on specific targets.” An intelligence expert who has been briefed by high-level contacts in the Department of Homeland Security confirms that a database of this sort exists, but adds that “it is less a mega-database than a way to search numerous other agency databases at the same time.”

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A host of publicly disclosed programs, sources say, now supply data to Main Core. Most notable are the NSA domestic surveillance programs, initiated in the wake of 9/11, typically referred to in press reports as “warrantless wiretapping.” In March, a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal shed further light onto the extraordinarily invasive scope of the NSA efforts: According to the Journal, the government can now electronically monitor “huge volumes of records of domestic e-mails and Internet searches, as well as bank transfers, credit card transactions, travel, and telephone records.” Authorities employ “sophisticated software programs” to sift through the data, searching for “suspicious patterns.” In effect, the program is a mass catalog of the private lives of Americans. And it’s notable that the article hints at the possibility of programs like Main Core. “The [NSA] effort also ties into data from an ad-hoc collection of so-called black programs whose existence is undisclosed,” the Journal reported, quoting unnamed officials. “Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach.”

The following information seems to be fair game for collection without a warrant: the e-mail addresses you send to and receive from, and the subject lines of those messages; the phone numbers you dial, the numbers that dial in to your line, and the durations of the calls; the Internet sites you visit and the keywords in your Web searches; the destinations of the airline tickets you buy; the amounts and locations of your ATM withdrawals; and the goods and services you purchase on credit cards. All of this information is archived on government supercomputers and, according to sources, also fed into the Main Core database.

Main Core also allegedly draws on four smaller databases that, in turn, cull from federal, state, and local “intelligence” reports; print and broadcast media; financial records; “commercial databases”; and unidentified “private sector entities.” Additional information comes from a database known as the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, which generates watch lists from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for use by airlines, law enforcement, and border posts. According to the Washington Post, the Terrorist Identities list has quadrupled in size between 2003 and 2007 to include about 435,000 names. The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center border crossing list, which listed 755,000 persons as of fall 2007, grows by 200,000 names a year. A former NSA officer tells Radar that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, using an electronic-funds transfer surveillance program, also contributes data to Main Core, as does a Pentagon program that was created in 2002 to monitor anti-war protestors and environmental activists such as Greenpeace.

If previous FEMA and FBI lists are any indication, the Main Core database includes dissidents and activists of various stripes, political and tax protestors, lawyers and professors, publishers and journalists, gun owners, illegal aliens, foreign nationals, and a great many other harmless, average people.

A veteran CIA intelligence analyst who maintains active high-level clearances and serves as an advisor to the Department of Defense in the field of emerging technology tells Radar that during the 2004 hospital room drama, James Comey expressed concern over how this secret database was being used “to accumulate otherwise private data on non-targeted U.S. citizens for use at a future time.” Though not specifically familiar with the name Main Core, he adds, “What was being requested of Comey for legal approval was exactly what a Main Core story would be.” A source regularly briefed by people inside the intelligence community adds: “Comey had discovered that President Bush had authorized NSA to use a highly classified and compartmentalized Continuity of Government database on Americans in computerized searches of its domestic intercepts. [Comey] had concluded that the use of that ‘Main Core’ database compromised the legality of the overall NSA domestic surveillance project.”

If Main Core does exist, says Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counterterrorism officer and an outspoken critic of the agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its likely home. “If a master list is being compiled, it would have to be in a place where there are no legal issues”—the CIA and FBI would be restricted by oversight and accountability laws—”so I suspect it is at DHS, which as far as I know operates with no such restraints.” Giraldi notes that DHS already maintains a central list of suspected terrorists and has been freely adding people who pose no reasonable threat to domestic security. “It’s clear that DHS has the mandate for controlling and owning master lists. The process is not transparent, and the criteria for getting on the list are not clear.” Giraldi continues, “I am certain that the content of such a master list [as Main Core] would not be carefully vetted, and there would be many names on it for many reasons—quite likely, including the two of us.”

Would Main Core in fact be legal? According to constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who served as associate deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan, the question of legality is murky: “In the event of a national emergency, the executive branch simply assumes these powers”—the powers to collect domestic intelligence and draw up detention lists, for example—” if Congress doesn’t explicitly prohibit it. It’s really up to Congress to put these things to rest, and Congress has not done so.” Fein adds that it is virtually impossible to contest the legality of these kinds of data collection and spy programs in court “when there are no criminal prosecutions and [there is] no notice to persons on the president’s ‘enemies list.’ That means if Congress remains invertebrate, the law will be whatever the president says it is—even in secret. He will be the judge on his own powers and invariably rule in his own favor.”

The veteran CIA intelligence analyst notes that Comey’s suggestion that the offending elements of the program were dropped could be misleading: “Bush [may have gone ahead and] signed it as a National Intelligence Finding anyway.”

But even if we never face a national emergency, the mere existence of the database is a matter of concern. “The capacity for future use of this information against the American people is so great as to be virtually unfathomable,” the senior government official says.

In any case, mass watch lists of domestic citizens may do nothing to make us safer from terrorism. Jeff Jonas, chief scientist at IBM, a world renowned expert in data mining, contends that such efforts won’t prevent terrorist conspiracies. “Because there is so little historical terrorist event data,” Jonas tells Radar, “there is not enough volume to create precise predictions.”

The overzealous compilation of a domestic watch list is not unique in post-war American history. In 1950, the FBI, under the notoriously paranoid J. Edgar Hoover, began to “accumulate the names, identities, and activities” of suspect American citizens in a rapidly expanding “security index,” according to declassified documents. In a letter to the Truman White House, Hoover stated that in the event of certain emergency situations, suspect individuals would be held in detention camps overseen by “the National Military Establishment.” By 1960, a congressional investigation later revealed, the FBI list of suspicious persons included “professors, teachers, and educators; labor-union organizers and leaders; writers, lecturers, newsmen, and others in the mass-media field; lawyers, doctors, and scientists; other potentially influential persons on a local or national level; [and] individuals who could potentially furnish financial or material aid” to unnamed “subversive elements.” This same FBI “security index” was allegedly maintained and updated into the 1980s, when it was reportedly transferred to the control of none other than FEMA (though the FBI denied this at the time).

FEMA, however—then known as the Federal Preparedness Agency—already had its own domestic surveillance system in place, according to a 1975 investigation by Senator John V. Tunney of California. Tunney, the son of heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney and the inspiration for Robert Redford’s character in the film The Candidate, found that the agency maintained electronic dossiers on at least 100,000 Americans, which contained information gleaned from wideranging computerized surveillance. The database was located in the agency’s secret underground city at Mount Weather, near the town of Bluemont, Virginia. The senator’s findings were confirmed in a 1976 investigation by the Progressive magazine, which found that the Mount Weather computers “can obtain millions of pieces [of] information on the personal lives of American citizens by tapping the data stored at any of the 96 Federal Relocation Centers”—a reference to other classified facilities. According to the Progressive, Mount Weather’s databases were run “without any set of stated rules or regulations. Its surveillance program remains secret even from the leaders of the House and the Senate.”

Ten years later, a new round of government martial law plans came to light. A report in the Miami Herald contended that Reagan loyalist and Iran-Contra conspirator Colonel Oliver North had spearheaded the development of a “secret contingency plan,”—code named REX 84—which called “for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the United States over to FEMA, [and the] appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments.” The North plan also reportedly called for the detention of upwards of 400,000 illegal aliens and an undisclosed number of American citizens in at least 10 military facilities maintained as potential holding camps.

North’s program was so sensitive in nature that when Texas Congressman Jack Brooks attempted to question North about it during the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings, he was rebuffed even by his fellow legislators. “I read in Miami papers and several others that there had been a plan by that same agency [FEMA] that would suspend the American Constitution,” Brooks said. “I was deeply concerned about that and wondered if that was the area in which he [North] had worked.” Senator Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Iran, immediately cut off his colleague, saying, “That question touches upon a highly sensitive and classified area, so may I request that you not touch upon that, sir.” Though Brooks pushed for an answer, the line of questioning was not allowed to proceed.

Wired magazine turned up additional damaging information, revealing in 1993 that North, operating from a secure White House site, allegedly employed a software database program called PROMIS (ostensibly as part of the REX 84 plan). PROMIS, which has a strange and controversial history, was designed to track individuals—prisoners, for example—by pulling together information from disparate databases into a single record. According to Wired, “Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and potential troublemakers within the United States. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon’s enemies list or Senator Joe McCarthy’s blacklist looks downright crude.” Sources have suggested to Radar that government databases tracking Americans today, including Main Core, could still have PROMIS based legacy code from the days when North was running his programs.

In the wake of 9/11, domestic surveillance programs of all sorts expanded dramatically. As one well-placed source in the intelligence community puts it, “The gloves seemed to come off.” What is not yet clear is what sort of still-undisclosed programs may have been authorized by the Bush White House. Marty Lederman, a high-level official at the Department of Justice under Clinton, writing on a law blog last year, wondered, “How extreme were the programs they implemented [after 9/11]? How egregious was the lawbreaking?” Congress has tried, and mostly failed, to find out.

In July 2007 and again last August, Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon and a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, sought access to the “classified annexes” of the Bush administration’s Continuity of Government program. DeFazio’s interest was prompted by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (also known as NSPD-51), issued in May 2007, which reserves for the executive branch the sole authority to decide what constitutes a national emergency and to determine when the emergency is over. DeFazio found this unnerving.

But he and other leaders of the Homeland Security Committee, including Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, were denied a review of the Continuity of Government classified annexes. To this day, their calls for disclosure have been ignored by the White House. In a press release issued last August, DeFazio went public with his concerns that the NSPD-51 Continuity of Government plans are “extra-constitutional or unconstitutional.” Around the same time, he told the Oregonian, “Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right.”

Congress itself has recently widened the path for both extra-constitutional detentions by the White House and the domestic use of military force during a national emergency. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 effectively suspended habeas corpus and freed up the executive branch to designate any American citizen an “enemy combatant” forfeiting all privileges accorded under the Bill of Rights. The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, also passed in 2006, included a last-minute rider titled “Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies,” which allowed the deployment of U.S. military units not just to put down domestic insurrections—as permitted under posse comitatus and the Insurrection Act of 1807—but also to deal with a wide range of calamities, including “natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack, or incident.”

More troubling, in 2002, Congress authorized funding for the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, which, according to Washington Post military intelligence
expert William Arkin, “allows for emergency military operations in the United States without civilian supervision or control.”

“We are at the edge of a cliff and we’re about to fall off,” says constitutional lawyer and former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein. “To a national emergency planner, everybody looks like a danger to stability. There’s no doubt that Congress would have the authority to denounce all this—for example, to refuse to appropriate money for the preparation of a list of U.S. citizens to be detained in the event of martial law. But Congress is the invertebrate branch. They say, ‘We have to be cautious.’ The same old crap you associate with cowards. None of this will change under a Democratic administration, unless you have exceptional statesmanship and the courage to stand up and say, ‘You know, democracies accept certain risks that tyrannies do not.’ ”

As of this writing, DeFazio, Thompson, and the other 433 members of the House are debating the so-called Protect America Act, after a similar bill passed in the Senate. Despite its name, the act offers no protection for U.S. citizens; instead, it would immunize from litigation U.S. telecom giants for colluding with the government in the surveillance of Americans to feed the hungry maw of databases like Main Core. The Protect America Act would legalize programs that appear to be unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, the mystery of James Comey’s testimony has disappeared in the morass of election year coverage. None of the leading presidential candidates have been asked the questions that are so profoundly pertinent to the future of the country: As president, will you continue aggressive domestic surveillance programs in the vein of the Bush administration? Will you release the COG blueprints that Representatives DeFazio and Thompson were not allowed to read? What does it suggest about the state of the nation that the U.S. is now ranked by worldwide civil liberties groups as an “endemic surveillance society,” alongside repressive regimes such as China and Russia? How can a democracy thrive with a massive apparatus of spying technology deployed against every act of political expression, private or public? (Radar put these questions to spokespeople for the McCain, Obama, and Clinton campaigns, but at press time had yet to receive any responses.)

These days, it’s rare to hear a voice like that of Senator Frank Church, who in the 1970s led the explosive investigations into U.S. domestic intelligence crimes that prompted the very reforms now being eroded. “The technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny,” Church pointed out in 1975. “And there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know.”
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Wikipedia on Main Core: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Core

Blurb from Wikipedia site:
“Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the federal government of the United States. Main Core contains personal and financial data of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security.[1] The data, which comes from the NSA, FBI, CIA, and other sources,[1] is collected and stored without warrants or court orders.[1] The database’s name derives from the fact that it contains “copies of the ‘main core’ or essence of each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.”

The Main Core database is believed to have originated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1982, following Ronald Reagan’s Continuity of Operations plan outlined in the National Security Directive (NSD) 69 / National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 55, entitled “Enduring National Leadership,” implemented on September 14, 1982.[1][2]

As of 2008 there were reportedly eight million Americans listed in the database as possible threats, often for trivial reasons, whom the government may choose to track, question, or detain in a time of crisis.[3]

The existence of the database was first reported on in May 2008 by Christopher Ketcham[4] and in July 2008 by Tim Shorrock.

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From 2008, SALON Magazine’s article on Main Core: http://www.salon.com/2008/07/23/new_churchcomm/

From Silver Doctors in June of 2013:
http://www.silverdoctors.com/main-core-a-list-of-8-million-americans-that-will-be-subject-to-detention-during-martial-law/

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Cal
Cal

Okay, this is a “told you so”. The Bush’s are TRAITORS to the US Constitution, to the USA, to the American people, TO THOSE WHO SERVED/SERVE IN THE US MILITARY, AS IS THE CLINTON’S – yes, both; AND AS IS OBAMA.

TREASON –>> “It is the sacred principles enshrined in the UN Charter to which we will henceforth pledge our allegiance.” George Herbert Walker Bush, Speech at the UN, February 1, 1992

That is verifiable by every lie told, by every non CONSTITUTIONAL action taken, by every action they, AND THEIR ADMINISTRATIONS took against the US Constitution – our government, and what YOU (generic “you”) gave your solemn OATH that is the “blank check” (and no, it does NOT go to any person, that blank check is to the US Constitution) to, up to and including your life.

That is why you MUST NOT follow their orders today, tomorrow, ever until we get all of them through the Grand Jury investigation and through prosecution none of them can be trusted – and that MOST CLEARLY MEANS THE TOP MILITARY BRASS.

LE’s READ THIS; they can NOT do it without using you and the US military (okay, except for the foreign and contract troops located all over the USA) against America, against her people – YOUR people, to bring down from within the USA and the US Constitution. Okay READ;

The opinion in Mack and Printz v. United States stated, “The Framers rejected the concept of a central government that would act upon and through the States, and instead designed a system in which the State and Federal Governments would exercise concurrent authority over the people. The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S POWER WOULD BE AUGMENTED IMMEASURABLY AND IMPERMISSIBLY IF IT WERE ABLE TO IMPRESS INTO ITS SERVICE–AND AT NO COST TO ITSELF–THE POLICE OFFICERS OF THE 50 STATES… Federal control of state officers would also have an effect upon the separation and equilibration of powers between the three branches of the Federal Government itself. (caps are mine for emphasis)

That action would be TREASON on the parts of all who participate. There is no such powers assigned to anyone within the state or federal governments to declare “emergency powers” or “martial law”. The declaration and implementation of either or both IS the takeover of the USA by the traitors within our nation USING those in the US Military and LE’s.

“Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the Federal Government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency and they are not altered by emergency.” Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398, 425 (1934)

Justice William O. Douglas: “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.”

Justice William O. Douglas: “We must realize that today’s Establishment is the New George III, Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.”

Benjamin Franklin: “In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns. For the former, therefore, to return among the latter was not to degrade but to promote them.”

Alexander Hamilton: “The truth is, after all the declamations we have heard, that the Constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS.”

Thomas Jefferson: “The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.”

“I shall exert every faculty I possess in aiding to prevent the Constitution from being nullified, destroyed, or impaired; and even though I should see it fail, I will still, with a voice feeble, perhaps, but earnest as ever issued from human lips, and with extinguish, call on the people to come to its rescue.” Daniel Webster

“A true patriot does not confuse government with country. A patriot’s loyalty is to his country, and loyalty to country requires holding government accountable.” Paul Craig Roberts

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.” Theodore Roosevelt

“The people or sovereign are not bound by general word in statutes, restrictive of prerogative right, title or interest, unless expressly named. Acts of limitation do not bind the King or the people. The people have been ceded all the rights of the King, the former sovereign, …It is a maxim of the common law, that when an act is made for the common good and to prevent injury, the King shall be bound, though not named, but when a statute is general and prerogative right would be divested or taken from the King (or the people) he shall not be bound.” People v Herkimer, 4 Cowen (NY) 345, 348 (1825)

The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.” — The Supreme Court of the United States, 1866
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Cal
Cal

“For decades the federal government has been developing a highly classified plan that would override the Constitution in the event of a terrorist attack. ”

For those of you who are ignorant of the US Constitution THERE IS NOTHING THAT “overrides” THE US CONSTITUTION except TREASON, If you want to call that an “override”.
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Marlo
Marlo

There will be a massive SOCOM excercise in Texas July through September 2015. If it really is a drill, how many vets could be there to plead our case to the troops? What if a million showed up? Could MSM ignore that? Or is this like the excercise on 9/11 where it really happened? Seriously this has gone way to far. Who could ignore this?
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Cal
Cal

I agree.

If anyone has a family member who will be involved in this “attack against America” please remind them that the Oath is to support and defend the US CONSTITUTION not any person who serves anywhere within our governments.

J. Reuben Clark spoke about the need for a solid support of the Constitution: “God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run NOT to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan our allegiance and THE ONLY ALLEGIANCE WE OWE AS CITIZENS OR DENIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, RUNS TO OUR INSPIRED CONSTITUTION which God himself set up. SO RUNS THE OATH OF OFFICE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT <- That includes the military which is a part of the executive branch WHEN, and ONLY WHEN the congress declares war and calls them out from the Militias).
A certain loyalty we do owe to the OFFICE which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, NO LOYALTY TO THE MAN HIMSELF. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. THIS PRINCIPLE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION IS BASIC TO OUR FREEDOM. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this “land of liberty” from other countries”. (So whenever you – generic "you" – "just follow orders" or "just do your job" you have broken your Oath and removed YOUR – NOT GENERIC – loyalty from the US Constitution and our country, replacing them with whichever person(s), group, entity, foreign nation, foreign entity, etc who gives those orders. That is treason)

James Madison: “The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature … the executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”

George Washington: “The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”

James Madison: "In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people."

James Madison: “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison: "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."

James Madison warned: “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

If you believe that they are wrong or "outdated" then look around you at the USA, the country YOU are/were supposed to defend instead of bring about its downfall by "just following orders" and "just doing your job". It is a police state along the Nazi and Stalin/Lenin Russia lines complete to no warrants, unlawful searches, breaking into our homes with no warrants/no real lawful reasons, look at the military vehicles being used on US streets, look at what was done in Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, look at what people in uniforms – military and militarized LE's are doing. Those actions are ALL treason against our nation.

You used to have the excuse of ignorance, but even that would not save you in a court of LAW (not color of law). You have that no more. Now when you continue to do those things YOU have chosen to work treason against the USA, against the American people, against YOUR own family, community, state, country.

That no US President is the Commander in Chief UNTIL the CONGRESS DECLARES WAR. That no one EXCEPT the congress can LAWFULLY declare war here in the USA. It is a "power" given to them, and FORBIDDEN TO ANYONE ELSE including those who are assisting the congress.

US Constitution, Article 2, Section 2: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States"

"The President shall be Commander in Chief … when called into the actual Service of the United States" is VERY clear.

James Madison, Federalist 14: “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any”.

Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69: “The one (a president) can confer no privileges whatever; the other [the king] can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies.”

James Madison, Federalist 47: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny… The magistrate in whom the whole executive power resides cannot of himself… administer justice in person, though he has the appointment of those who do administer it.”

Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Nicholas: “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

James Madison: “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

CHOOSE DEFENDING FREEDOM, THE US CONSTITUTION OR BEING A TRAITOR and continuing to work to destroy her!

Cal

If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?
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Ron
Ron

At a particular NG site N. of Houston from December to now the yard has filled with three times the equipment they had all last year. What was there last year was Sand Color, no real camo design while all the new gear is similar to US Woodlands yet closer to Eastern European as it is darker. Is this the new design for 2015 and why I wonder has the massive buildup taken place?
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D Bertrand
D Bertrand

Let’s put it this way…..

It looks great to them on paper, but in reality….they know that effectiveness is based-on assumptions. Their computer models MUST show that Americans are wide awake and those that are not, will submit to their tyranny. The chaos will outweigh the initial threat they will invoke on this country.
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Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine

Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

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FBI Octopus


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Dallas FBI official will fill Trophy Club post
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Tom Class, 56, of Trophy Club, special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas office, has been selected as Trophy Club's new town manager. Courtesy of city of ...


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Know About This Whole Russian Hacking Mess
Senior Editor
December 12, 2016
So, you want to know about the whole Russia thing. The "Russia thing" is as good a name as any for the confusing, thorny series of stories about hacking operations that were allegedly initiated by Russian-backed operatives in an attempt to influence the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. Whether it was the Russians, whether they were looking to get Trump elected, and what should or is likely to happen next are all controversial questions, and that's before you start going down the rabbit hole of competing Twitter threads and other conflicting sources that can muddy the




http://www.floridabulldog.org/2016/12/fbi-scrubs-contracts-hides-how-much-it-paid-911-review-commissioners/

DECEMBER 12, 2016 AT 5:23 AM
FBI scrubs contracts to hide how much it paid 9/11 Review Commission members



The award notice and signature page of the FBI’s personal services contract with 9/11 Review Commission member Ed Meese.
The three men who served as members of the 9/11 Review Commission were on the FBI’s payroll, but the bureau is refusing to say how much they were paid.

Florida Bulldog obtained copies from the FBI of its personal services contracts with the commissioners and staff during ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.

Scrubbed from the contracts, however, are all details about financial compensation terms – hourly rates of pay, contract maximums – for both the commissioners’ services and travel for as long as two years. The FBI did not make public invoices submitted by the commissioners or its own paymaster records.

Congress authorized the 9/11 Review Commission to conduct an “external review” of the FBI’s post-9/11 performance and to assess new evidence. The contracts, however, make clear that the Review Commission was instead under the FBI’s direction and control.

“The contractor [each commissioner and staffer signee] agrees that the performance of services … shall be subject to the supervision, inspection and acceptance of the FBI,” the contracts say.

The 9/11 Review Commission members were Reagan-era Attorney General Edwin Meese, former ambassador and congressman Timothy Roemer and Georgetown professor Bruce Hoffman. In an apparent oversight, the FBI released only two pages of Meese’s contract, and in place of the rest of Meese’s contract enclosed a second copy of Hoffman’s contract.

Meese, Roemer and Hoffman signed their contracts with the FBI on Jan. 22, 2014. The contracts required them to submit their report to the FBI by Dec. 15, 2014 for “appropriate classification and legal review.”

Top Secret clearance

The three commissioners and staff were require to have Top Secret security clearance and what the FBI calls “Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)’’ access. SCI clearance has been called “above Top Secret,” according to Wikipedia.

The 9/11 Review Commission staffers whose contracts were released are: Executive director John Gannon, a former deputy director of the CIA; L. Christine Healey, a senior counsel and team leader for the 9/11 Commission; Caryn A. Wagner, a former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security; Jamison Pirko, an ex-staff assistant at the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism; and William E. Richardson.

According to the Review Commission’s final report, the commissioners traveled to eight FBI field offices and six FBI legal attaché posts in Ottawa, Beijing, Manila, Singapore, London and Madrid. Travel invoices submitted by commissioners and staff have not been made public.


9/11 suicide hijack pilots Mohamed Atta, right, and Ziad Jarrah. The two men apparently visited the home of Saudis living in the Sarasota area.
As described in the contract, the Review Commission’s duties included assessing “any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”

One matter the Review Commission took a limited look at was the FBI’s investigation more than a decade earlier of Saudis living in Sarasota with apparent ties to the 9/11 hijackers.

Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his wife, Anoud, lived in the gated community of Prestancia 13 miles north of Venice Municipal Airport, where Mohamed Atta and two other 9/11 hijack pilots trained. The al-Hijjis came under FBI scrutiny after neighbors alerted authorities that they’d suddenly moved out of their upscale home about two weeks before 9/11 – leaving behind their cars, clothes, furniture, food in the refrigerator and other personal belongings.

The home at 4224 Escondito Circle was owned by Anoud’s father, Esam Ghazzawi, an advisor to the late Prince Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, a nephew of former King Fahd and eldest son of Saudi Arabia’s current monarch, King Salman. The prince died in July 2001 at age 46.

According to former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and others, the FBI did not disclose its Sarasota investigation to either Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington or to the subsequent 9/11 Commission. Graham co-chaired the Joint Inquiry. In its public statements, the FBI has disputed that – saying both 9/11 panels were informed of its Sarasota investigation.

Florida Bulldog, working with Irish author Anthony Summers, first reported the existence of the FBI’s Sarasota investigation in September 2011. Among other things, the story reported that investigators had found evidence in Prestancia’s gatehouse security records that showed Atta and other terrorist figures had visited the al-Hijjis’ home.

What 9/11 Review Commission didn’t do

The 9/11 Review Commission’s final report, made public in March 2015, did not seek to determine whether the FBI did or did not notify Congress and the 9/11 Commission about Sarasota. Likewise, it did not speak with witnesses in the case or examine evidence other than an April 2002 FBI report.

The report, released to Florida Bulldog in 2013 amid other FOIA litigation, said that agents found “many connections” between the Sarasota hijackers and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001” – flatly contradicting FBI public statements that its once-secret Sarasota inquiry had found no connection to the 9/11 plot.

The Review Commission’s inquiry was confined to recounting the efforts of unidentified FBI officials to discredit the April 2002 report. They called it “poorly written and wholly unsubstantiated” and said the unnamed agent who wrote it could not justify doing so.

The FBI has declined to explain its findings or make available the agent who wrote the report to request, unsuccessfully, that a more urgent investigation of the Sarasota Saudis be opened.

Florida Bulldog sued the FBI and the Justice Department in June under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking records generated by the 9/11 Review Commission. Latst month, the FBI released about 200 pages of material – including the personal services contracts and several highly redacted reports.

Meanwhile, the Bulldog’s 2012 FOIA lawsuit seeking the FBI’s files on its Sarasota investigation remains pending before Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Court Judge William J. Zloch.


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-Tama Police Chief faces federal indictment

December 12, 2016

Jeffrey Filloon, 47, Toledo, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 6 for allegedly selling impounded vehicles and firearms which were police department weapons or weapons held in evidence and pocketing the proceeds. He is charged with two counts of makin
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Evidence in Gardner Museum thefts that might bear DNA is missing
The Boston Globe-
The FBI declined to comment on the missing evidence, citing the ongoing investigation, but defended its handling of the case. Harold H. Shaw, the special agent ...




https://theintercept.com/2017/06/12/one-year-after-pulse-shooting-in-orlando-fbi-hasnt-publicly-addressed-its-counterterrorism-failures/



ONE YEAR AFTER PULSE MASSACRE IN ORLANDO, FBI HASN’T PUBLICLY ADDRESSED ITS COUNTERTERRORISM FAILURES
Trevor Aaronson
June 12 2017,
OMAR MATEEN, ARMED with a semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm pistol, entered the crowded Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened fire at about 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. Those who weren’t hit by flying bullets or falling people ran toward the doors or to anywhere they could take cover. Mateen fired at anything that moved inside the popular gay club.

The calls to 911 followed within seconds. And just minutes after the shooting began, local police officers arrived. Belle Isle Police Officer Brandon Cornwell and a half-dozen other local law enforcement officers broke through a large window and entered the club, knowing Mateen was likely still inside. The harrowing scene was recorded by Cornwell’s body camera.

On the video, which was released on June 1 by the Orlando Police Department, screams can be heard echoing through the dark club. Televisions above the bar were still playing music videos. The officers entered one of the bathrooms by the bar. “Clear!” they yelled.

Another officer, holding a long gun and leading the group, inched farther into the club. “Where the fuck is this coming from?” he said of the desperate screams.

They saw a door leading to another bathroom. There were noises, something on the other side of the door. The officers moved into position, preparing for a shootout and knowing from the cries that civilians could be in the crossfire.

“He’s loading. He’s in there,” one of the officers said.

Cornwell’s dispatch radio chirped. Ducking behind the bar, he answered calmly: “I’m inside. Suspect is barricaded inside with multiple hostages. We have multiple down and shot inside the bar. Can’t get them out at this time.”

Just then, one of the other officers screamed: “Let me see your hands now!”

Shots rang out.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12:  FBI agents investigate the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen allegedly killed at least 50 people on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The mass shooting killed at least 50 people and injured 53 others in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) FBI agents investigate the damaged rear wall of the Pulse nightclub where Omar Mateen killed 49 people on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Cornwell, keeping a line of sight on the bathroom door, exhaled a sigh. “Lord Jesus, watch over me,” he said.

Inside the bathroom, at about 2:30 a.m., with those officers just outside the door, Mateen called 911. When the operator answered, Mateen was saying a prayer in Arabic.

“What?” the operator asked, not understanding him.

Mateen continued to pray, and then changed to English. “I want to let you know that I’m in Orlando and I did the shooting,” he said calmly.

“What’s your name?” the operator asked.

Mateen didn’t say. Instead, he said he pledged his allegiance to ISIS and hung up. He then talked for about 30 minutes, in a series of phone calls, with hostage negotiators. “You have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq. They’re killing a lot of innocent people. So what am I to do here when my people are getting killed over there?” he told the negotiators. Mateen claimed there were car bombs outside the club and said his attack was triggered by the May 2016 U.S. airstrike that killed senior ISIS member Abu Wahib.

Outside the club, Orlando Police Officer Justin Wilkins arrived to provide assistance. His body camera recorded as he walked up to other officers and asked what was happening.

“He’s still in the club,” an officer told Wilkins.

“At least we fucking are going to get this guy,” Wilkins responded.

They did get Mateen, by busting through a wall with an armored vehicle and then shooting him eight times. But not before Mateen had killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.

Today, a year after this mass shooting, questions remain about the how the FBI, despite having twice investigated Mateen before the attack, did not designate him as a security threat. And this wasn’t the first time that the FBI had missed such a threat since 9/11. The FBI had investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev before he and his younger brother Dzhokhar killed three and injured hundreds more in the Boston Marathon bombings.

In the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting, FBI Director James Comey promised a full review of the bureau’s threat assessment system.

“I don’t see anything, in reviewing our work, that our agents should have done differently, but we’ll look at it in an open and honest way and be transparent about it,” Comey told reporters during a press conference. “Our work is very challenging. We are looking for needles in a nationwide haystack. But we’re also called upon to figure out which pieces of hay might someday become needles. That is hard work. If we can find a way to do that better, we will.”

If the FBI has found a better way to find those needles, the bureau has not been as transparent as Comey promised. Asked what, if any, counterterrorism policy changes were made as a result of the Orlando attack, the FBI answered: “We have no comment.”

“There’s no transparency on these cases. So you cannot — you simply cannot — make a good judgment about the Mateen case,” said Jeffrey Danik, a retired supervisory FBI agent who is now critical of his former employer.

“Did law enforcement do a great job and were they heroes, or were they bumbling, inept dopes? Almost impossible to make the call unless you see the record. Who knew what, and what did they know? The next step is more difficult. What could we do differently? Well, because of the lack of transparency, we don’t know what we did wrong.”


Born in New York to Afghan parents, Mateen grew up in Port St. Lucie, Florida, a sleepy town about 115 miles north of Miami. It’s a mixture of small-town Florida natives and retirees, as well as a contingent of more metropolitan South Floridians fleeing rising living costs near Miami.

Mateen attended public school and went on to obtain an associate’s degree in criminal justice at the local community college in 2006. He applied to be a prison guard with the Florida Department of Corrections, and in his application he admitted to getting into a fight as a minor that resulted in a misdemeanor battery charge. “I did not get handcuffed and I did not go to jail,” he wrote in his application. “It was an experience of me growing up and I learned a big lesson from it.”

The Florida state prison system hired Mateen into its trainee guard program, but he was dismissed after six months for undisclosed reasons, the first of several failures to launch a law enforcement career. He also tried to enroll in the police academy but was denied.

He then took a job as a security guard with the private security firm G4S. Mateen’s posts included the county courthouse, a golf club, and a gated residential community. He obtained a firearms permit for the job.

In 2008, Mateen met on MySpace the woman who would become his first wife, Uzbekistan-born Sitora Yusufiy. After they married, Yusufiy moved to Florida, but their marriage was volatile, and Mateen allegedly abusive, so the union didn’t last.

Mateen met his second wife, Noor Salman, online as well, this time through an online dating site. She lived near San Francisco, and after their marriage in 2011, they settled in Florida.

A couple of years after the marriage, in 2013, Mateen first came to the FBI’s attention when other G4S employees reported that he claimed to have connections with terrorists. The FBI employed an informant to get to know Mateen, but the investigation did not substantiate ties with terrorism. In fact, when the FBI interviewed Mateen, he told agents that he made those comments to scare his co-workers, who had made fun of his religion. The FBI closed its investigation.

A year later, Mateen was back in the FBI’s sights. The bureau was investigating Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who, having joined Nusra Front, became the first American suicide bomber in Syria. FBI agents discovered that Mateen and Abusalha attended the same mosque and were casual acquaintances. This, coupled with their previous suspicions of Mateen, prompted counterterrorism agents to open a second investigation. FBI agents interviewed Mateen once again, but his answers to their questions appear to have been enough to alleviate concerns. The FBI closed its second investigation of Mateen, and this appears to be the last contact the bureau had with Mateen before the Orlando attack.

By 2016, Mateen and Salman had a 3-year-old son. That spring, Mateen purchased firearms and ammunition, which Salman later admitted to knowing about. He also made a couple of comments to his wife that suggested violence.

“How bad would it be if a club got attacked?” Mateen asked her, according to an account Salman would later give to investigators.

During an early June trip to Disney Springs, a shopping and dining complex that is part of the larger Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Mateen asked her: “What would make people more upset — an attack on downtown Disney or a club?”

Later that month, Mateen made clear his answer to that question.

TOPSHOT - Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.The American gunman who launched a murderous assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando was radicalized by Islamist propaganda, officials said Monday, as they grappled with the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 13, 2016. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
The exact motivations of terrorists can often be difficult to identify. In the immediate aftermath of the Pulse shooting, speculation mounted that Mateen could have been secretly gay, his violence an act of self-loathing homophobia rather than Islamic terrorism. His pledge to ISIS? Just a way gain attention or maybe bolster his machismo, according to the theory. Several men reported having seen Mateen at Pulse in the past, and others said they recognized his photograph from dating apps. Fusion aired an interview with a man using the name Miguel, his voice altered and wearing a disguise, who claimed to have been Mateen’s lover.

But after investigating these leads, the FBI found no credible evidence to support the theory that Mateen was gay. Instead, agents suspected that he’d followed a well-worn path of extremists in the United States by being influenced online by propaganda from ISIS and other groups. An examination of Mateen’s laptop after the shooting revealed that he had watched extremist videos online and was looking for information about ISIS — suggesting that the FBI investigations in 2013 and 2014 did not uncover this behavior or that Mateen only began to be radicalized after the final investigation in 2014.

Either way, this failure reveals potential flaws in the FBI’s assessments — low-level investigations conducted in response to vague tips, such as the one from Mateen’s co-workers who claimed that he had bragged about having terrorist connections. Although there is no legal time limit for assessments, the bureau as a practical matter limits them to 60 or 90 days, unless agents find information that justifies an extension. Because of the bureau’s policy after 9/11 to pursue every terrorism lead, no matter how far-fetched, assessments pile up. Closing assessments that can’t be advanced immediately becomes a bureaucratic response. As a result, the investigations of Mateen may have occurred during narrow windows of time when he was not exhibiting behavior that suggested the violence to come.

“There are so many assessments, and the agents and supervisors can get complacent in closing these quickly: get ’em off the plate, get ’em off the plate, get ’em off the plate,” Danik, the former FBI supervisory agent, said. “You don’t want to be chasing people too long.”

Following the Orlando mass shooting, there were calls for congressional hearings (none of which addressed the FBI’s intelligence failures in Orlando) and new laws to restrict gun sales to people on the terrorist watch list (which the Senate voted down).

Inside the FBI, it’s unclear what, if any, internal reviews took place.

“The FBI doesn’t do self-criticism very well, and the inspections are designed to exonerate and build a defense against outside criticism that might justify taking away FBI authorities or resources,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who is now a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. “To the extent they needed to lay blame, they typically look for a scapegoat rather than the true source of the problems.”

Whatever flaws in the FBI assessment process that allowed Mateen not to be designated a threat last year, they likely still exist today.

“Information about these terrorism cases, especially when one goes sideways like Mateen, none of that’s coming out,” Danik said. “They don’t want to be second guessed. They don’t want to be held accountable.”

Top photo: Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on June 12, 2016.

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Link du jour

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/news/socialite-indicted-for-child-porn/article_69b78c58-86be-5609-8bb7-d27b46219afd.html


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/06/12/daily-202-40-questions-for-jeff-sessions/593e01dde9b69b2fb981dcd8/?utm_term=.312a285bae4a


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/06/12/daily-202-40-questions-for-jeff-sessions/593e01dde9b69b2fb981dcd8/?utm_term=.85dad785d335


http://valawyersweekly.com/2017/06/12/no-bias-in-gender-based-fbi-fitness-test/


https://www.law360.com/newyork/articles/931210/former-fed-prosecutor-joins-walden-macht-from-kobre-kim


http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/new-york/record-breaking-heat-hits-northeast-97-degrees-airport-article-1.3241983



Record-breaking heat hits Northeast; 97 degrees  




http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-trump-lies-under-oath-20170612-story.html



Monday, June 12, 2017, 6:25



Commentary: My lawyers got Trump to admit 30 times, under oath, that he lied

President Trump denied asking fired FBI Director James B. Comey for a loyalty oath or requesting that he drop the investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn.

Donald Trump closed out last week by rumbling back into his battle against James Comey, who was FBI director until POTUS fired him. In the morning, he celebrated Comey's Senate testimony as a "complete vindication" on Twitter. In the afternoon, Trump flat-out called him a liar — in the Rose Garden, no less.

When a reporter asked Trump if he would testify about his version of events "under oath" with the Justice Department's special counsel in the Russia probe, Robert Mueller, the president said, "One hundred percent." And Trump elaborated, "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you."

Well, that's interesting.

A decade ago, my lawyers questioned Trump under oath during a deposition in a libel case he filed against me for a biography I wrote, "TrumpNation." (Trump lost the case in 2011.) Trump had to acknowledge 30 times during that deposition that he had lied over the years about a wide range of issues: his ownership stake in a large Manhattan real estate development, the cost of a membership to one of his golf clubs, the size of the Trump Organization, his wealth, the rate for his speaking appearances, how many condos he had sold, the debt he owed, and whether he borrowed money from his family to stave off personal bankruptcy.


Trump's propensity for lying was also on display throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. He said that he had opposed the Iraq War when he hadn't; he lied about his stances on climate change and the national debt; he lied about various insults he had hurled at women; he lied about who had endorsed him; he lied about how much money his father had given him over the years, and on, and on.

A loose relationship with the facts has also plagued Team Trump in the White House. Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Stephen Miller, Mick Mulvaney, Reince Preibus and, of course, Michael Flynn, have all been caught peddling blather or lies in the course of carrying out their civic duties.

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Trump's own lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has had problems getting his facts straight, too. (Kasowitz represented Trump when the president sued me in 2006.) In a press release littered with errors and a misspelled title for Trump ("Predisent"), Kasowitz last week accused Comey of trying to undermine the White House by leaking information about his conversations with the president.

Kasowitz also said that Comey lied when testifying that he shared information about his conversations with the president only after Trump tweeted that he might have made tapes of the same conversations. Yet, Kasowitz claimed, the New York Times had published an article about the Comey-Trump conversations prior to Trump's tweet. Kasowitz was wrong, however. The Times' first article about the conversations appeared on May 16, four days after Trump tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! 8:26 AM - 12 May 2017"

And what about those tapes? Trump revived speculation about hidden White House tapes again on Friday, suggesting in the Rose Garden that he will advise the world about whether they exist in the "very near future."

I don't think any tapes exist. Trump told me and other reporters over the years that he had a taping system in his Trump Tower office that he used to record journalists meeting with him. But when he testified under oath in the deposition for his suit against me, Trump acknowledged that he was "not equipped to tape-record."

There's another odd aspect to all of the back-and-forth about Trump's multiple conversations with Comey: The president apparently never inquired about the substance of the FBI's Russia investigation. That has prompted a former law enforcement professional and others to say that it reveals a troubling disregard for national security on the president's part (which it does). Others noted that it also suggests that Trump may have already known quite a bit about the Russian affair — and therefore had few questions for Comey.

"The innocent ask a multitude of questions about what the detectives know, or why the cops might think X or Y or whether Z happened to the victim," former police reporter and creator of "The Wire," David Simon, noted in a pair of Twitter posts. "The guilty forget to inquire. They know."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Trump deserves a pass for strong-arming Comey because "the president is new at this" in Washington and he's "learning as he goes." But positioning the nation's capital as a complicated place for unwary newcomers doesn't hold much water for the president, who turns 71 in two days. In fact, Trump is not new at this at all — he's been directly lobbying and strong-arming regulators and law enforcement officials for decades.

Trump is the man, after all, who coined the term "truthful hyperbole" as a euphemism for lying in his 1987 non-fiction work of fiction, "The Art of the Deal." Thirty years later, he's still up to his old tricks.

The difference now, of course, is that Trump is president. And in James Comey he's collided with a seasoned, wily law enforcement official who opened the investigative door for Robert Mueller and cleared a path for him to bring the full force of the law to bear on the White House.

"I can definitively say the president is not a liar," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said on Friday in response to







https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/06/12/alex-jones-calls-trump-move-physically-and-make-military-move-against-his-enemies/216877


Alex Jones calls on Trump to move “physically” and make a “military move” against his enemies
Jones: "Let's be honest. We're in a war."
Video ››› June 12, 2017 4:21 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF







http://www.thewrap.com/smirnoff-vodka-trolls-trump-in-latest-ad/


Smirnoff Vodka Trolls Trump in Vicious Ad
“Made in America, but we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath”
Ashley Eady | June 12, 2017 @ 1:19 PM





https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170609/10274037551/eff-sues-fbi-over-withheld-nsl-guideline-documents.shtml


EFF Sues FBI Over Withheld NSL Guideline Documents
from the we're-sorry,-we-thought-you-understood-the-'s'-stood-for-'secret dept
The EFF has been instrumental in assisting ISPs in their fights against National Security Letters and their accompanying gag orders. To date, thanks to the a change in the law (in response to an NSL lawsuit by the EFF and the implementation of the USA Freedom Act) and entities like the EFF applying pressure, the public is finally getting a chance to see what's contained in these warrantless demands for subscriber info.
Hopefully, the new avenues available to ISPs to challenge gag orders will result in a steady stream of released NSLs. More importantly, maybe the forced transparency will result in the FBI dialing back its use of NSLs -- something it does thousands of times a year and, worse, a way to route around FISA Court rejections.
But the FBI isn't ready to give up its NSL-related secrecy yet. According to the FBI, it instituted new rules for NSLs in 2015, partly in response to the USA Freedom Act. These new rules went into effect in 2016. The problem is we have to take the FBI's word for it. It says it's exercising more oversight and control, but the policy change itself is still hiding somewhere at the back of its filing cabinets.
This is one of several documents the EFF is seeking. The FBI isn't interested in handing these over, so it's decided to issue its standard "no documents here" shrug. Unfortunately for the FBI, the EFF knows its way around an FOIA lawsuit.
Following a ruling in EFF’s lawsuit that NSL gags are unconstitutional, Congress enacted reforms in 2015 that require the bureau to review NSLs to determine whether the gag orders are still necessary, and terminate those that are not. The FBI established procedures under which a record keeping system generates reminders—when an NSL investigation closes or reaches the three-year anniversary of its initiation—that the gag order should be reviewed for possible termination.
EFF sent a FOIA request to the FBI in September seeking records about the number of NSLs reviewed under these procedures, the number of reminders generated, the number of termination notices sent to NSL recipients, and how long it takes for a review to begin after a reminder is generated. In March the FBI said it had no such records. In a complaint filed today in San Francisco, EFF asked a court to order the FBI to disclose the requested records.
It is impossible to believe the FBI has no responsive records. If this is truly the case, the FBI never implemented the new NSL guidelines it claimed it did, much less write them up. And that only explains the alleged lack of paperwork for one of the EFF's requests. In order to take the FBI's entire non-response at face value, one is forced to assume the FBI has no new guidelines for NSL gag order reviews and/or is operating under the old review standards, which were pretty much nonexistent.
What's likely the case is the FBI has performed a deliberately inadequate search of the database least likely to hold the requested documents. The FBI maintains several data silos -- something that forces FOIA requesters to know the intricacies of the agency's multiple search methods if they hope to lay their hands on FBI documents.
Hopefully the court will smack the FBI around for its refusal to perform a thorough search and order the agency to turn over this information to the EFF. The government will probably put up a bit of fight, as a ruling in the EFF's favor would both expose its new NSL guidelines to the public (potentially making it much easier to trigger a review) and the labyrinthine underpinnings of its document search systems.




https://theintercept.com/2017/06/12/judge-in-infamous-sleeper-cell-case-agrees-to-hear-new-evidence-that-could-help-convicted-terrorist/



JUDGE IN INFAMOUS “SLEEPER CELL” CASE AGREES TO HEAR NEW EVIDENCE THAT COULD HELP CONVICTED TERRORIST

June 12 2017, 2:52 p.m.

A FEDERAL JUDGE has agreed to hear new evidence in a California terrorism case notorious for the government’s false claims that it had uncovered an Al Qaeda sleeper cell in rural America.

Lawyers for Hamid Hayat, a 34-year-old Pakistani-American convicted after one of the first post-9/11 terrorism investigations by the FBI, will be able to present evidence to support his claim that he is entitled to a new trial because his lawyer failed her client.

“Finally, after 11 years, the bankruptcy of this conviction is going to be exposed at this hearing,” said Dennis Riordan, Hayat’s appeals lawyer. “It’s going to be obvious that, not only should he have prevailed at trial, but that he’s factually innocent.”

Hayat’s appeals lawyers claim that his trial lawyer, Wazhma Mojaddidi, failed her client in several ways, including not calling alibi witnesses, not applying for a security clearance to see the government’s evidence against her client, and not having her client testify.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California declined to comment on last week’s court order. Mojaddidi did not return calls to her law office. Hayat’s appeals lawyer said that he’d sent the decision to Hayat but hadn’t heard back from him.

The case was the subject of a November 2016 series in The Intercept that uncovered new evidence in the case, including doubts about the credibility of the government’s undercover informant and expert testimony about the terrorist training camp Hayat is alleged to have attended.

In the court order filed on Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes wrote that Hayat’s claims about his trial lawyer “raise serious questions concerning the competency of the defense.”

Stanford Law Prof. Robert Weisberg, a criminal law expert who has written critically about the performance of Hayat’s trial lawyer, called the judge’s decision to hear new evidence “significant.”

“It’s a pretty striking opinion, very well reasoned,” Weisberg said.

No date has been set for the evidentiary hearing. A status conference in the case will be held on June 23 in federal court in Sacramento to discuss logistics and a hearing date. At that time, the court will also consider defense claims that prosecutors withheld key evidence, including information about the terrorist training camp.



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n-cops-caught-beating-innocent-bystander-suspended-article-1.3242018

Four New Jersey cops caught kicking and beating innocent bystander suspended
BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, June 12, 2017, 6:51 PM



http://wislawjournal.com/2017/06/12/judge-orders-new-trial-in-old-rape-case/

Judge orders new trial in old rape case
Wisconsin Law Journal
Moeser wrote that an FBI agent who testified as an expert witness did so in a way that would lead the jury to conclude Beranek's hair was a statistically closer ...






http://www.kxlf.com/story/35648472/judge-orders-doj-to-produce-sessions-clearance-form


Judge orders DOJ to produce Sessions' clearance form



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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sen-dianne-feinstein-is-right-we-need-an-investigation-into-loretta-lynch/article/2625694


Sen. Dianne Feinstein is right: We need an investigation into Loretta Lynch
by Emily Jashinsky | Jun 12, 2017, 2:01 PM  



FBI Octopus


Daily Reads: Are Russian “Active Measures” Undermining US ...
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Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent and currently an associate dean at Yale Law School, picked up on something that was largely overlooked in former FBI ...




WorkWise: PI's doing background checks?
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Martin now leads a team of former FBI, DEA, IRS or Secret Service agents. Their pre-employment investigations – occurring largely in beverage, trucking and ...



http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-insider-pursuing-bid-fbi-building-contract-raising/story?id=47981206


Trump insider pursuing bid for FBI building contract, raising questions of conflict of interest
By MATTHEW MOSK BRIAN ROSS
Jun 12, 2017, 7:19 AM ET






35 Years in Jail for Leaking Talks with Trump
Former NSA senior analyst and whistleblower William Binney said that James Comey could legally be jailed for up to 35 years for admitting in a congressional testimony last week that he had deliberately leaked a confidential conversation with President Donald Trump.


WASHINGTON Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey could legally be jailed for up to 35 years for admitting in a congressional testimony last week that he had deliberately leaked a confidential conversation with President Donald Trump, ex-National Security Agency (NSA) senior analyst and whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik.
"That's something that whistleblowers are in jail for between five and 35 years," Binney noted about Comey’s testimony last week to the US Senate Intelligence Committee in which he admitted to leaking a memo of his conversation with Trump.

William Binney worked for the NSA for 36 years, retiring in 2001 as the technical director of world military and geopolitical analysis and reporting; he created many of the collection systems still used by NSA.

Binney pointed out that Comey had been unable in his extended testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee to point out a single case where he could identify Trump as asking him to perform any illegal act.

"I have heard nothing from Comey that indicates President did anything wrong," the veteran NSA analyst said.

However, Comey’s past actions revealed a long record of improper behavior and acts for which he could be prosecuted, Binney pointed out.

"But that's not the only crime Comey has done," he said, but did not elaborate further.

However, retired FBI Special Agent and whistleblower Colleen Rowley in published interviews recalled that when Comey was deputy attorney general, he had signed off on highly illegal programs, including warrantless surveillance of Americans and torture of captives.

As a top law enforcement official of the George W. Bush administration, Comey presided over post-September 11 cover-ups and secret abuses of the US Constitution, including fabrications used to launch wrongful wars, and exhibited plain incompetence, Rowley has stated.

William Binney is a cryptanalyst and mathematician and for 30 years he was a senior analyst at the NSA. He exposed the agency’s history before he exposed major aspects of its blanket surveillance programs.

 


https://robertscribbler.com/2017/06/12/old-energy-left-behind-equivalent-of-7-gigafactories-already-under-construction-tesla-plans-10-20-more/


Old Energy Left Behind — Equivalent of 7 Gigafactories Already Under Construction; Tesla Plans 10-20 More
In an interview with Leonardo DiCaprio during late 2016, Elon Musk famously claimed that it would take just 100 Gigafactories to produce enough clean energy to meet the needs of the entire world. As of mid 2017, in the face of an ever-worsening global climate, the equivalent of 7 such plants were already under construction while plans for many more were taking shape on the drawing boards of various clean energy corporations across the globe.


(Elon Musk shares climate change concerns, expresses urgency for rapid transition to clean energy in interview with Leonardo DiCaprio during late 2016.)

Tesla’s own landmark gigafactory began construction during late 2014. Upon completion, it will produce the Model 3 electric vehicle along with hoards of electric motors and around 35 gigawatt hours worth of lithium battery storage every single year (a planned output that Tesla said it could potentially triple or more to 100-150 gigawatt hours). During May, Tesla stated that it would set plans for four new gigafactories after Model 3 production began in earnest late this summer. And this week, Elon Musk announced an ultimate ambition to construct between 10 and 20 gigafactories in all. For reference, so many gigafactories could ultimately support vehicle production in the range of 12 to 24 million annually.

Racing to Catch up With Tesla

Tesla’s ramp-up to clean energy mass production, however, is not going unanswered. In China, CATL is building a gigafactory that by 2020 will produce about 50 gigawatts of battery packs every year. This massive plant is the centerpiece of China’s push to have 5 million electrical vehicles operating on its roads by 2020. It’s a huge facility that could outstrip even the Tesla Gigafactory 1’s massive production chain.

Meanwhile, another 11 facilities under construction around the world will add around 145 gigawatts of additional battery pack production capacity by the early 2020s as well. Add in both China’s CATL and Tesla’s Nevada battery plant and you end up with 230 gigawatts of new battery production — or the equivalent to just shy of 7 gigafactories that are already slated for completion by around 2020.



(Steep climb in EV adoption pushes global fleet to above 2 million during 2016. Swiftly dropping prices and expanding production chains will help to drive far more rapid adoption during 2017-2020. Massive factories producing EVs will also help to speed larger energy transition away from fossil fuels. Image source: International Energy Agency.)

Race to Win the Energy Transition

According to news reports, the big-ramp up in battery production has already driven prices down to $140 dollars per kilowatt hour. That’s a major drop from around $550 dollars per kilowatt hour just five years ago. An amazing trend that is expected to push batteries for electrical vehicles down to below $100 dollars per kilowatt hour by or before 2020, and to around $80 dollars per kilowatt hour not long after. This means that battery packs for vehicles like Nissan’s new Leaf, the Chevy Bolt, and Tesla’s Model 3 are likely to range between $5,000 and $7,000 dollars in rather short order. A price level that will allow EV production at cost parity with similar fossil fuel driven vehicles within the next three years.


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http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2017/07/21/hyper-dark-cyber-loop/

hyper dark cyber loop
July 21, 2017 Uncategorized “The Nebula”, #UNRIG, CyberWar, DarkNet busts, fast food, hyperloop, Israel, McCain, mind control, smart phones, Syria
hyper dark cyber loop

In a coordinated International operation, Europol along with FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and Dutch National Police have seized and taken down AlphaBay, one of the largest criminal marketplaces on the Dark Web.

But not just AlphaBay, the law enforcement agencies have also seized another illegal dark web market called HANSA, Europol confirmed in a press release today.

According to Europol, both underground criminal markets are “responsible for the trading of over 350,000 illicit commodities including drugs, firearms and cybercrime malware.”

On July 4th, AlphaBay suddenly went down without any explanation from its administrators, which left its customers in panic. Some of them even suspected that the website’s admins had pulled an exit scam and stole user funds.

However, last week it was reported that the mysterious shut down of the dark web marketplace was due to a series of raids conducted by the international authorities.

The raid also resulted in the arrest of Alexandre Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian citizen who was one of the alleged AlphaBay’s operators and was awaiting extradition to the US when a guard found him hanged in his jail cell the next day.

Now, Europol just announced that two of the largest criminal Dark Web markets—AlphaBay and Hansa— have shut down by the authorities, as the infrastructure “responsible for the trading of over 350 000 illicit commodities including drugs, firearms and cybercrime malware.”

“This is an outstanding success by authorities in Europe and the US. The capability of drug traffickers and other serious criminals around the world has taken a serious hit today after a highly sophisticated joint action in multiple countries,” Rob Wainwright, Europol Executive Director said.

“By acting together on a global basis the law enforcement community has sent a clear message that we have the means to identify criminality and strike back, even in areas of the Dark Web. There are more of these operations to come.”

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Elon Musk Claims U.S. Approval for World’s Longest Tunnel

July 21st, 2017

My guess is that there are so many secret underground facilities in and around Washington DC that this will simply not happen. But if this does somehow get approved, an additional guess is that you’ll be able to slap a Mr. Fusion on your Tesla before the DC hyperloop is running.

In any event, Musk seems to be channeling his inner Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field on this one:

The RDF was said by Andy Hertzfeld to be Steve Jobs’s ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything with a mix of charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole, marketing, appeasement and persistence. RDF was said to distort an audience’s sense of proportion and scales of difficulties and made them believe that the task at hand was possible.

Via: Bloomberg:

Elon Musk says he won “verbal” government approval to build the world’s longest tunnel for an ultra-high-speed train line to connect New York to Washington.

The train, known as a hyperloop, would make the 220 mile connection in 29 minutes, Musk said in a post on Twitter Thursday. He provided few details, and a spokesperson for his new digging enterprise, called the Boring Company, declined to comment on the project.

Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017

It’s not clear what Musk is doing with these announcements on Twitter. Such an ambitious project would require billions of dollars in funding and extensive approvals from federal, state, and local authorities. The tunnel would be more than twice as long as the current record holder: the Gotthard Base Tunnel, a rail line that runs through the Swiss Alps. For some urban context: a recently opened stretch of subway in New York cost $4.5 billion for less than 2 miles of rails. It was first proposed in 1919 and opened to the public in January 2017. These things take time.



Whatever this new “verbal approval” means, the posts on Twitter are probably little more than an attempt to generate interest in future Boring Co. projects. Musk himself suggested as much Thursday. David Lee, a Silicon Valley reporter for the BBC, questioned Musk’s promises: “Verbal? Not on the dotted line? Seems premature to announce … unless you’re drumming up support for the project?”

Musk’s response: “Support would be much appreciated!”

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[Ed.: Call it the Wall Street-Beltway shuttle. And watch for the special ritual ceremonies before its inauguration.]

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The Fanbian Strategy

(no, not a typo)



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The navies of Russia and China are holding joint drills in the Baltic Sea on July 24-27, during which the naval forces will practice anti-submarine warfare, as well as air and anti-ship defense.

“This [exercise] is a response to the political pressure that has been put on Russia and China in a bid to drive a wedge between them”, political analyst Vladimir Terekhov told Sputnik.

Meanwhile, Scandinavia is especially worried by the drills, which will feature Chinese warships in the Baltic Sea for the first time.

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201707211055763714-china-drills-russia-baltic-sea/

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U.S. Navy Ship in Persian Gulf Armed with Laser Weapon

July 21st, 2017

Via: CNN:

In the sometimes hostile waters of the Persian Gulf looms the US Navy’s first — in fact, the world’s first — active laser weapon.

The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to be fired at targets today and every day by Capt. Christopher Wells and his crew.



Today, the laser is intended primarily to disable or destroy aircraft and small boats. “It’s designed with the intent of being able to counter airborne and surface-based threats,” said Hughes. “And it’s been able to prove itself over the last three years as being incredibly effective at that.”

However, the Navy is developing more powerful, second-generation systems which would bring more significant targets into its crosshairs: missiles.

Those missions remain classified.

More: Watch the US Navy’s New Laser Weapon in Action

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https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/08/19/live-updates-free-speech-rally-counter-protests-boston-common

Here’s what happened at the ‘free speech’ rally and counter-protests on Boston Common


“I’m really impressed,” he said. “We probably had 40,000 people out here, standing tall against hatred and bigotry in our city, and that’s a good feeling.”Boston Police Commissioner Evans



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/19/boston-protest-free-speech-rally

Saturday 19 August 2017 15.48 EDT First published on Saturday 19 August 2017 12.54 EDT

Donald Trump described anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstrators who converged on Boston as “anti-police agitators” on Saturday, in a tweet that seemed destined to revive the still simmering controversy over his remarks equating the far right and anti-Nazis in Charlottesville last weekend.


“Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston,” Trump tweeted. “Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.”










SIGNS FROM BOSTON COMMON
https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/08/19/creative-signs-from-the-protests-against-the-free-speech-rally-in-boston




http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/port-authority-police-candidates-failing-psych-test-high-rate-article-1.3426142


Port Authority Police candidates with law enforcement jobs failing psych test at alarming rate


Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:55 PM
 



They’re good enough to wear an NYPD or state police shield, but they’re mentally unfit to guard the Holland Tunnel.

More than 70% of the men and women hoping to join the Port Authority Police Department and who have passed the written exam are being turned down because, the agency says, they failed the psychological exam — even though many of the applicants already have jobs in the New York Police Department, the state police and other law enforcement agencies, the Daily News has learned.

The reject pile numbers in the thousands.

“They are dropping people left and right and blaming it on the psychological exam,” said a high-ranking law enforcement source with knowledge of the Port Authority’s vetting process. “Some of the people being dismissed are already cops. What does that say about the agency that hired them?

“If you’re coming up with numbers like that, you really need to look at yourself — there is something wrong with your system,” the source said.

The massive failure rate on the psychological test has been trending for several years, sources said.

Historically, upward of 20,000 applicants a year take the Port Authority Police Department written exam to be part of the force that protects people using the airports, PATH trains, Midtown bus terminal and bridges and tunnels linking New York to New Jersey.

Many want the job because of the huge amounts of overtime and generous benefits that are historically better than those of other police departments.

The exam is graded on a curve, depending on how many people the Port Authority needs, but 65% of the test-takers usually pass — about 13,000.


Unlike the psych exam, 65% of applicants pass the Port Authority Police written exam
Out of that number, about 9,100 are usually dismissed from the running for failing the agency’s psychological exam, sources said.

“(That’s) double or triple that of any other law enforcement agency that we are aware of,” said Paul Nunziato, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association. “It seems almost impossible that there could be a legitimate medical need to fail that many candidates.”

The psychological exam is a standard questionnaire based on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a test used throughout the country to gauge mental health, followed by an interview with a psychologist.

Many of the people the Port Authority found to be too off-balance to keep traffic moving at the George Washington Bridge include New York and New Jersey cops — sparking a major ethical concern.

“If they determine that someone is unfit to be a Port Authority police officer and they already carry a gun, they should be obligated to inform the agency that person works for, but they don’t,” the high-ranking source said.

Those being dismissed also include decorated veterans, according to Robert Egbert, the benevolent association’s spokesman.

“We are concerned about the lack of veterans becoming Port Authority police officers,” Egbert said. “It seems the Port Authority is hiding behind a subjective exam and saying to these courageous men and women, ‘You are not good enough.’”

John, a New Jersey cop drummed out of the Port Authority Police Department vetting process, said he “didn’t know what to think” when he was given the news that he failed the psychological exam.

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The Port Authority Police guard people using the airports, PATH trains, Midtown bus terminal and bridges and tunnels linking New York to New Jersey. (CHRIS HONDROS/GETTY IMAGES)
The shock was understandable: John, who asked that his last name be withheld, works in his department’s special victims unit, where he investigates sexual assaults and interviews rape victims.

“I already work in probably one of the most stressful units in law enforcement and they tell me I’m not cut out for this job,” he said. “It just didn’t add up. Why wouldn’t they hire someone who has experience in stressful situations?”

The Port Authority initially refused to comment on the odds-defying trend, demanding The News seek answers through the Freedom of Information Law. A FOIL request for documents regarding Port Authority Police Department vetting was quickly denied.

On Friday, the Port Authority acknowledged that “failure numbers in the most recent class were higher than average.”

“(It’s) a reflection of some reforms put in place to date,” the agency said in a statement. “The Port Authority’s ambition is to have the highest-quality police force possible. In pursuit of that ambition, the agency has been reviewing the selection process for police recruits.

“The review and revision process for police recruitment standards is currently midstream, with multiple aspects still being studied and under consideration,” the PA said. “Medical and psychological standards are among those still being reviewed, with the goal of implementing a revised set of standards in early 2018.”

The Port Authority outsources psychological testing to a private company, the name of which is a closely guarded secret.

“We have no idea who they are. The police are not involved in that side of it at all,” said the high-ranking source. “If we ask, the Port Authority tells us, ‘It’s none of your business.’”


Experts say outsourcing the psych exams could lead to the skewed test numbers.

“Private companies have a vested interest in accommodating their clients. What happens, unfortunately, is that they may target certain answers and weed out candidates that a psychologist steeped in the law enforcement culture may see differently,” said Daniel Rudofossi, a licensed psychologist who was once clinical director for the NYPD Medical Division’s Membership Assistance Program.

When John was told he was medically barred from becoming a Port Authority cop, he appealed. He was then sent a form letter claiming he did not “meet the psychological requirements.”

“This does not mean you are not qualified for other positions within or outside of the Port Authority or any other endeavors you choose to pursue,” the letter said.

“I don’t understand it,” the high-ranking source said about the failure rate. “They’re just molding their applicant numbers to whatever they think they need that given year.”

The Port Authority can be overly selective because it hires so few applicants. Only 120 cadets were welcomed into the Port Authority Police Academy in January. After 26 weeks of study and physical training, 83 of them graduated July 28.

The Port Authority currently has 1,657 rank-and-file police officers. The entire Port Authority Police Department — including supervisors — tops out at 2,045.

Eugene O’Donnell, a retired NYPD cop and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the Port Authority shouldn’t use the psych exam as a catch-all excuse for dismissing candidates.









http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/hundreds-rally-violence-mentally-ill-nyc-article-1.3426223


Hundreds march in rally over police violence against people with mental illness in Brooklyn
BY DALE W. EISINGER THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:59 PM





http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/nypd-school-safety-agent-busted-alleged-attack-boyfriend-article-1.3426173


NYPD school safety agent busted after allegedly attacking boyfriend amid brawl in Brooklyn apartment


Saturday, August 19, 2017,






http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dick-gregory-comedy-legend-civil-rights-activist-dead-84-article-1.3426317

Dick Gregory, comedy legend and civil rights activist, dead at  84



Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:11 PM
 
He was 84.

Gregory died in Washington D.C. two days after his son revealed that he was hospitalized with a “serious but stable medical condition.”

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC.,” his son Christian Gregory wrote on Instagram.

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Muhammad Ali embraces Dick Gregory, comedian, social activist and nutritionist, after a workout in New Orleans, Sept. 13, 1978 .
“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Born in St. Louis, Gregory first started performing stand-up comedy in the army in the 1950s.

His major break came in 1961 when he was spotted by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner performing before an all-white audience at the Roberts Show Bar in Chicago.


In memoriam: Remembering the famous figures we lost in 2017
“It was the first time they had seen a black comic who was not bucking his eyes, wasn’t dancing and singing and telling mother-in-law jokes,” Gregory said in a 2000 Boston Globe interview. “Just talking about what I read in the newspaper.”

Gregory instantly shot to fame, landing gigs at the country’s top clubs and raking in as much as $25,000 a night.

At the same time, the civil rights movement was gathering momentum and Gregory bravely injected himself into the cause, trading stage performances for sit-ins and marches.


Gregory became a major figure in the civil rights movement, marching alongside Dr. Martin Luther King
Some critics called him out for allowing his demonstrating to interfere with his comedy career.

“My career is interfering with my demonstrating,” Gregory shot back.

A friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, he was shot in the leg during Los Angeles’ Watts Riots in 1965 and even ran for president as a write-in candidate in 1968.

Gregory's major break came in 1961 when he was spotted by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

“He taught us how to laugh. He taught us how to fight. He taught us how to live,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson. “Dick Gregory was committed to justice. I miss him already. #RIP.”

TV One host Roland Martin described Gregory as “honest, truthful, unflinching, unapologetically black.”

“He challenged America at every turn.” Martin added.

The death of the comic giant even prompted Bill Cosby to issue a rare public statement.

“His




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Dick Gregory
Comedian, Social Activist, Writer : b. 1932

"…to be forced to vote for the lesser of two evils is really to have no choice at all. …Under such circumstances the only real choice a person has is to exercise his right not to vote; to boycott the polls and refuse to participate in a process that mocks the concept of free elections."
 



http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/nypd-cops-rally-support-colin-kaepernick-brooklyn-article-1.3425792

Frank Serpico, NYPD cops raise their fists, take a knee for team-less Colin Kaepernick at Brooklyn rally
BY DALE W. EISINGER LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, August 19, 2017, 3:03 PM
 



http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/support-house-assisting-deported-u-s-veterans-living-mexico-gallery-1.3425701

Inside the support house assisting deported U.S. veterans living in Mexico

Nearly 60 veterans who have served in the U.S. military have been sent to Tijuana, Mexico upon the end of their service due of their lack of citizenship status and, for some, their criminal record. The Deported Veterans Support House, however, has stepped in and given many of them food, shelter, clothing, and a lifeline to the legislation fighting to get them back in the U.S.






http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/17/denver-sheriff-department-sergeants-fired-failed-to-report-intoxicated-coworker/


Two Denver jail sergeants fired for failing to report intoxicated co-worker





http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Next-week-s-striking-New-Yorker-cover-shows-Trump-11882366.php


Next week's striking New Yorker cover shows Trump traveling with the KKK
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post Published 2:52 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017





http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Oregon-wildfire-forces-evacuations-in-prime-11944379.php


Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon
Updated 4:35 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017
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